Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. We agree with DaVinci on his design principles, and preparing for Valentine's is no different. The Schmidt Bros team gathered some of the most delicious and simple Valentine's Day dessert recipies that will leave the whole family with a full belly and a big smile.
Valentine's Double Chocolate Bark
I love the combination of dark chocolate and white chocolate, and it makes this chocolate bark extra pretty and fun.
- 4 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
- Sprinkles (sanding sugar, candy hearts and coated chocolates, for toppings)
- This recipe originally appeared on Giada Entertains: Jade's Chocolate Factory.
- Bring a small pan with 1 inch of water to a boil over medium-low heat. Place the white chocolate in a small bowl and place over the simmering water. When it is almost halfway melted, remove the bowl from the heat to a towel. Continue to stir with a rubber spatula until completely melted. Set aside. Repeat with the bittersweet chocolate.
- Pour the bittersweet chocolate onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and spread to 1/4-inch thick. Use a rubber spatula to drizzle the white chocolate over the bittersweet in zigzags and decorative patterns. Run the tip of a skewer through the chocolate in different directions to make swirls. Sprinkle with the toppings as desired. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, then break into pieces.
Valentine's Day Crunch
Find us a kid who doesn't like sweets, and we'll hand over the knife business. Okay, we're exaggerating a bit, but we can confidently say that this Valentine's Pizzelle Crunch is sure to delight even the finickiest of eaters. It's super easy to make, easy on the eyes, and makes a delectable crunch as you slice through it. What's better?
- 1 package Pizzelle cookies
- 8 ounces milk or dark chocolate (melted)
- 8 ounces white chocolate, colored as desired (melted)
- Pick up some Pizzelle cookies at the grocery store (or if you want to bake them, all you need is flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil).
- Heat chocolate over the stovetop (or the microwave if the littles want to get involved).
- Lay the Pizzelle cookies flat on a nonstick baking tray to allow the chocolate to ooze below. Using a whisk or fork, drip melted chocolate all across the cookies.
- Allow the chocolate to harden (~5 minutes). Stack and serve!